Submitted by a Cop Block reader
I have mixed feelings about this Dorner thing. It seems to me it was a modern day witch hunt. What he did was sad and unacceptable, and he should go to prison for it, but what happened to “due process?” .Let’s look at it from the beginning. The police were in a “shoot first ask questions later” mode. I mean really what about the news paper girls who were shot because of mistaken identity? Were they both mistaken to be Dorner? How can you make, not one but two mistakes in the same vehicle? They must have been some big girls because Dorner was a big dude. But again they shot without knowing who they were shooting at. Then there was the second incident were no one was hurt, but again they shot first then asked questions later.
Now, lets look at the cabin, the news (first said) that SWAT team entered, “lobbed” tear gas into the building, and then the building caught fire. Several minutes later, the news said that they did NOT enter the building, but the cabin caught fire from the inside. But regardless, they refused to put the fire out, which I understand because of safety reasons, but they could have done a helicopter air drop. If there was a cop or a firefighter in the building, they would have put that fire out right away. In my opinion, we all witnessed a murder by the police. They failed to uphold the constitution (the 5th and 14th amendment) pertaining to due process.
The constitutional guarantee of due process of law, found in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, prohibits all levels of government from arbitrarily or unfairly depriving individuals of their basic constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The DUE PROCESS CLAUSE of the Fifth Amendment, ratified in 1791, asserts that no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” This amendment restricts the powers of the federal government and applies only to actions by it. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, declares,”[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”
There jobs was to capture Dorner, and bring him to Justice, not let him burn to death.
The only thing missing in this modern day movie, is a bunch of people with torches, pitch forks and stones, bombarding the cabin. Don’t get me wrong, I think what he did was very wrong and should have stood trial. He may have probably been given the death penalty, but all the police and LEO’s had no right to be Judge, Jury, and Executioner.